Fight Night in DC 2012

MC Hammer and heavyweight champ Gerry Cooney, who retired in 1990 and now runs a program, FIST, that helps boxers transition to life after boxing. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Some living legends of the boxing world: Michael Spinks, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Gerry Cooney and Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

During the VIP cocktail reception, Jim Abdo, Kurt Winsor, former DC mayor Anthony Williams, and Tony Lewis. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Hostesses Marleena Victoria and Brittany Athey with Theo Abbott, who owns his own DC-based production agency that provides event management, models, and “Cover Girl brand ambassadors.” Photograph by Jeff Martin.

The Fight Night hostesses earned $30 an hour and had to pay for their own hair, makeup, and dresses, which had to be long and glamorous. One hostess was assigned to each table. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

A top-20 cover band provided the music, which included, of course, “Gangnam Style.” Photograph by Jeff Martin.

The Washington Wizards were represented by “Missy” and “Alex,” who were not permitted to give their last names, though they did have info on how to buy ticket plans. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Mitchell Rales, table hostess Lauren Brown, and Mark Ein at Fight Night. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

In addition to meat and potatoes, booze and babes, Fight Night was about cigars. There was a stocked humidor at each table. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

The entrée was a 16-ounce New York strip steak with jumbo asparagus, onions, mushrooms, and potatoes. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Former DC mayor Adrian Fenty, Ron Conway, Raul Fernandez, and Greg Powell. Fernandez is the chairman of Fight for Children, the charity that hosts Fight Night. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Bob Pincus with table hostess Elizabeth Stoldoski. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Jack Davies said Fight Night “gives men a night to be men.” Photograph by Jeff Martin.

At Fight Night, the Redskins cheerleaders wear less than they wear on game days at FedEx Field. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

The Redskinettes performance was described as “more PG than G” by Fight Night regular Jack Davies. You think? Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Featured entertainer MC Hammer, whom event chairman Raul Fernandez described as 50-years-old but able to move like he’s 20. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Sugar Ray Leonard backstage, waiting to be introduced in the ring as a “living legend” of boxing. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

The bright lights of Fight Night, including a number of boxing’s living legends, as well as Joe Robert III, third from the left, and on his left, Raul Fernandez, who is chairman of Fight for Children. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

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